Tax-Financing

“Clean Elections” May Provide Taxpayer Funding for Anti-Semitism

Does using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund speech they fundamentally disagree with reduce corruption in government? This may seem like a preposterous question, but according to supporters of tax-financed campaigns, the answer is yes. Presently, one candidate in New York City is providing a clear example of what exactly can go wrong when you start […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, New York City, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, New York

Demos Study Doesn’t Prove Donors Control Politics, But it Suggests Government Should

The progressive advocacy group Demos released a study examining the demographics of the “elite donor” class, arguing that its makeup unfairly shapes policy formation in America. Their study finds that the biggest political contributors are proportionally more white and male than small and non-donors, that their policy preferences are more conservative than Americans as a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Buckley v. Valeo, Demos, Elite Donors, Small Donors

CCP Calls on Gov. Brown to Veto Bill that Bypasses Voters

Bill violates 1988 law that bans tax subsidies for politicians Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown today urging him to veto California Senate Bill 1107, which permits the State of California and its localities to subsidize candidate campaigns with Californians’ tax dollars. This action directly violates the Political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Constitutional Issues with S.B. 1107

PDF of letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I urge you to veto Senate Bill 1107, which amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 to permit the State of California […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Maine Activists Embrace Taxpayer Subsidies for Politicians in Ignorance of Systemic Flaws

In Maine, some speech regulatory activists are already celebrating the 2016 election cycle as an important milestone. Not because they are expecting higher voter turnout, more competitive races, or more women or minority candidates running for office. Rather, these activists are giddy that more politicians are taking the hard-earned dollars of Maine taxpayers to run […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, corruption, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Clean Election Act, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

CCP Releases Analysis of Initiated Measure 22: The “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit focusing on public education and defense of First Amendment political speech rights, released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22, otherwise known as the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act.” To read the analysis, click here […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Press Releases, Press Releases, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, 2016 Initiated Measure 22, 501(c)(3)s, South Dakota Democracy Credit Program, South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, South Dakota

Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, 2016 Initiated Measure 22, South Dakota Democracy Credit Program, South Dakota

Letter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed SB 1107 Amendment

The Honorable Jodi Remke Chair California Fair Political Practices Commission 438 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, California 95814 RE: The Proposed SB 1107 Amendment of the Political Reform Act’s Public Financing Ban Does Not “Further [the] Purposes” of the Act and May Not Be Enacted by the Legislature Without Referral to the Voters under Article […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Political Reform Act of 1974, California

Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Craig Holman, D.C. City Council, public citizen, Arizona, Maine, New York

Majority of Americans Oppose Tax-Financed Campaign Schemes

New joint polling from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center finds that a majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs, preferring candidates to raise money through voluntary donations from supporters. More than twice as many people say presidential campaigns should raise money through donations (56%) as say government should pick up the tab […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Larry Lessig, National Opinion Research Center, polling